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Last week of the trains - 743/2171
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 4th December 2006
Lets hope they run every day. ::)
I know the Westbury Staff are sad
Re: Last week of the trains - 743/2178
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 5th December 2006
Sion, I think that the trains are actually running through to Southampton even though not adertised to do so ... so cutting out the Swindon to Westbury and back loop wouldn't be an option. But it does worry me that from december 2007 the ongoing service from Westbury gets cut back to Salisbury and run by South West Trains so I don't knwo what the prognosis is then.
In terms of fines, they've historically been levied on companies based on trains failing to arrive at final destination - so that a cut back of the Swindon to Southampton service into Westbury to Southampton has NOT been a cancellation even though you and I end up on the bus AGAIN. At least, that's my understanding ...
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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.
Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.
The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.
We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.
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